This Article is About
limousine commission
yellow taxi
taxi cab
first instance
right decision
Is New York's Taxi Of Tomorrow A Regressive Step?
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Last week, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) took another step towards creating a uniform yellow taxi fleet within the city, by approving the standard specifications for the Nissan NV200. The vehicle, which won the cities much discussed Taxi of Tomorrow competition, be will be fully integrated next year at which point all medallion owners will need to purchase the model.

Although revered as a more spacious, safer and higher quality vehicle, however, the Nissan NV200 has been derided as an unsuitable choice by some within the industry. This is based on the perceived limitations of the car, which may hinder it from providing a fully accessible and environmentally friendly service to contemporary passengers.

The Trouble with the Nissan NV200

More specifically, two significant issues have been raised with the choice of the Nissan NV200 as the so-called 'taxi of tomorrow.' To begin with, the vehicle is not wheelchair accessible, which has caused significant ire among industry commentators and consumers themselves. While the TLC have claimed that all vehicles can be retrofitted to accommodate disabled passengers, the cost of such an exercise would seem prohibitive and entirely avoidable if a more suitable model had been selected in the first instance.

In addition to this, the introduction of this vehicle as standard will greatly diminish the number of environmentally friendly hybrid cars on the road. The Greater New York Taxi Association have been particularly critical of this, especially given that the TLC's competition to find a uniform taxi cab provided the ideal opportunity to put more hybrid cars into service. Instead they have done the opposite, and in such a congested city like New York this is only likely to worsen the deepening environmental gloom.

Did the TLC Make the Right Selection?

These two points are extremely valid, and raise the question as to whether the TLC have made the right decision in selecting the the Nissan NV200. The main issue seems to centre on the description of the vehicle as the taxi of tomorrow, as in many ways it appears to take a regressive step when you consider the current social climate. If the TLC has marketed their competition as one that was intended to identify a vehicle that provided a more comfortable and better quality passenger experience, then they may not have been met with the same level of opposition.

By setting out their stall to find a progressive and multi-purpose taxi for the next decade, however, they have courted a great deal of controversy. Given the time and effort invested into making taxi cabs more accessible to wheelchair users, and the endless drive to create a more sustainable fleet of private hire vehicles and New York limousine rentals in the city, it would have been far more prudent to choose a vehicle that reflected these philosophies. From this viewpoint, the TLC have missed a wonderful chance to revolutionize the private hire industry for the better.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
How Technology Has Improved the NYC Limo And Taxi Service
The pace of technological advancement shows no sign of abating, and its application is now a feature of almost every single product and service industry operating in the global market place. The limousine and public transportation industry in NYC is no exception, and has benefited from many innovations and evolutions…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   Nov 14, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Add A Checkmark to Your Bucket List By Using DC Bus Tours
A trip to Washington, DC graces the pages of many bucket lists across the country. Patriotic citizens, particularly veterans and their families, look to pay their respects and bear witness to the nation’s history by visiting various war memorials, military cemeteries, and national monuments. For many, however, these wishes will…
By: James L. Ramos in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   Jun 03, 2016  
1
  Likes: 1

Maximize the Impact Of Taking DC Bus Tours
The significance and affordability of available tourist activities make Washington, DC a prime location for sightseers and an entire industry exists to cater to these travelers. For large groups gathered in DC Bus Tours are a great choice to make sure your visit is as fun and significant as it…
By: Marwan Khatar in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   Jun 01, 2016  
1
  Likes: 1

Affordable Lax Limo Services to Disneyland
A trip to Disneyland can generally be appealing and exceptional, most specifically for at first timers. If you are remaining at motels near for the Disneyland position, several of them offer you cost-free or reduced cost lax limo service to Disneyland. Taking a general public transportation is also an option.…
By: Mitchell Hudson in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   May 28, 2016  
2
  Likes: 1

The Real Benefits Of Limousine Services In Vancouver
Driving by a limousine is a great experience irrespective of wherever you are going. It can be a business event or even a wedding ceremony but when you are hiring limousine services then there are certain benefits that you can avail in any other place. The first and the foremost…
By: Smith Davidson in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   May 23, 2016  
1
  Likes: 1

Make Your Wedding Really Special With Wedding Limo Services In Vancouver
Not many of use pay close attention to our wedding transportation needs. We do feel the urgency of it when it is too late. Wedding is a special event and you must try to make it memorable and special. Remember, it is one of the most important days of your…
By: Smith Davidson in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   May 23, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Airport Limo Services In Vancouver Are Sure to Bowl You Out With Their Facilities
The changing trends have seen a growth of Airport Limo Services in Vancouver. As a matter of fact, the Limo Services in Vancouver is becoming a raging craze all across the city and for every occasion. It is one of the most stylish and comfortable mode of transport and also…
By: Smith Davidson in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   May 23, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Everything You Wanted To Know About Wedding Limo Services
It is natural that like everybody you also want your wedding to be something wonderful and fantastic in every aspect. Even if you have thought about hiring a limousine service then it is actually a great idea and it can be easily done in reality. In the contemporary times, more…
By: Smith Davidson in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   May 23, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Timmy's Wedding
Last weekend my cousin Timmy had his wedding at the Hippodrome Theater in Richmond,VA and I had an honor of being his best man and was with him the whole day up until the ceremony and afterwards. I am very thankful than I was presented with an opportunity to be…
By: Art2 in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   May 14, 2016  
1
  Likes: 2

Having A Night Out In Milwaukee, Wisconsin?
Wisconsin is known in some peoples eye the "Cheese State." Milwaukee, Wisconsin is known for many more things then just cheese. We have some of the best beer and craziest fans when it comes to there teams; the Milwaukee, Brewers or Green Bay Packers. The pre-game is taken to another…
By: James Clark IV in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   May 13, 2016  
1
  Likes: 1

Chaperone's Guide to Surviving A School Trip With A Bus Charter In DC
If you have volunteered or been recruited to chaperone a school trip to DC, you may experience trepidation and anxiety when considering what the entire journey may entail. Expect to play referee, tour guide, hall monitor, and nursemaid. However, this trip can be a wonderful experience for you and the…
By: Paul B. Farris in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   Apr 28, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Create A Comfortable Trip to the Capital With DC Bus Tours
Groups travel to Washington, DC constantly. If you're a local, you see a steady stream of visitors travel through the city, particularly around the hot spots of tourism near the National Mall. When your group decides to organize a trip to DC, consider DC Bus Tours to make sure that…
By: Marwan Khatar in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   Apr 19, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

The Best Limousine Company In Bellvue And Seattle
If you are looking for a fun night on the town or getting ready to plan your special wedding then Luxury Bellevue Limo is the best luxury transportation service in Seattle or Bellevue. Not only does Luxury Bellvue Limo have awesome customer service but we have the hippest limos around…
By: Taz  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   Feb 15, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Limousine for All Occasions: Make the Right Choice & Have A Blast
People have different reasons why they hire limo service; one of the most common reasons is to make a special event extra special and memorable. Limousines are used for many occasions. It could be a wedding, prom night, graduation, special tours, or just a reason to have fun. The reason…
By: Andy Dean in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   Sep 15, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

The Need Of Hiring Corporate Limousine Services
If you are in the corporate world, then you must know the importance of client service. Well, the fact that corporate clients keep on visiting from time to time makes it even more important to impress them every time they visit. This is where corporate limousine services come into picture.…
By: Sunnylimony in  Travel and Leisure  >  Limo Rentals Limousines   Feb 13, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 2437    Report this Article